Kari Lynn (Shans) Owens, 41, passed away on Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2013. Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 21, 2013, at Trinity Baptist Church, with the Rev. Terry Tolbert officiating. Interment will follow in Hillcrest Memorial Park.

Kari was born on Sept. 19, 1971, in Ardmore, to Charles and Lucy Shans.

She was preceded in death by her grandparents, Troy and Eula Shans and Clifton and Ruby Barker.

Kari was a member of Trinity Baptist Church where she played piano starting at the age of 15. She attended and graduated from Ardmore High School in 1989, then went on to attend East Central University where she received her bachelor's degree in education in 1994. She taught pre-school at Plainview for three years, until moving to Ferris, Texas, where she taught fourth grade at Ferris ISD for 15 years. Kari married Johnny James Owens on June 7, 2003, in Waxahachie, Texas. Kari will be remembered as a precious wife, daughter, sister, aunt and friend to many.

She is survived by her husband of the home, James Owens, of Waxahachie, Texas; parents, Charles and Lucy Shans of Ardmore; brother, Brian Shans; nephew, Isaac Shans of Jenks; and many aunts, uncles and cousins.

Serving as pallbearers will be Kari's cousins, Ron Creasman, Mike Green, Jason Ledford, Stephen Roberts, Ricky Roberts, Larry Whittington and Chris Whittington.

Family visitation will be 6 to 8 this evening at Griffin Funeral Home.

Condolences may be left at www.Griffin-HillcrestFH.com.